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August 08, 2011

Sponsor the Dempsey Ocean Festival & Surf Contest

Artwork by Andrew Holder
On October 16th, 2011 WiLDCOAST will hold the 8th Annual Dempsey Holder Ocean Festival and Surf Contest in Imperial Beach, California. This annual family friendly charity event has become the largest surf contest in south San Diego County with over 120 competitors in ten different divisions and hundreds of spectators as well as music, prizes and other entertainment. Proceeds from the event support WiLDCOAST’s efforts to protect the most threatened and ecologically important coastal areas and wildlife in Southern California and Mexico. Since 2,000 we have helped to conserve over two million acres of beautiful bays, beaches, islands and lagoons. Please join other San Diego businesses and community members that support our event and help WiLDCOAST preserve our coastal heritage!

In 2011, the Dempsey Holder Ocean Festival and Surf Contest will expand internationally. WiLDCOAST is partnering with the United Athletes of the Pacific Ocean (UAPO), a bi-national non-profit organization whose mission is to provide surfing youths in Mexico and the United States opportunities in competitive surfing and cultural exchange. Both WiLDCOAST and the UAPO seek to bridge the gap between Baja California and Southern California surfers and raise awareness about our shared environmental concerns.

UAPO is inviting its member surfers in Ensenada to compete in this year’s event. For the first time, south San Diego County and Baja California surfers will join together in a day of competition and celebration of our collective coastal region. This event will provide not only the first organized surfing competition experience for many under-served youths in south San Diego County and Baja California, but also their first opportunity to engage with fellow surfers from across the border.

WiLDCOAST is currently seeking sponsorship support and donations to carry out another successful event. Financial donations also allow WiLDCOAST to host an event in which under-served youths from the surrounding south San Diego County community, the lowest income coastal urban area in Southern California, participate free of charge. WiLDCOAST also welcomes product donations for a drawing at the surf competition and prizes for attendees. In addition, through a challenge grant from the Sandler Foundation, the value of your gift will be matched dollar for dollar, for any gifts from new donors or increased giving from recent donors.

To sponsor the Dempsey Surf Contest or for In-Kind donations please email